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New to the 914: Clutch Feel

Hi all,

I'm currently in the market for a 914. I've driven a few '75 2.0 cars (although it's been quite a while) and a '74 1.8 just yesterday.

The '74 is a very well sorted car with a recent engine rebuild and a new clutch (reputable shop).

Engine sounds great and pulls strong (for a 914 1.8. My question is about the clutch feel. The clutch is very light compared to my '87 911 3.2 which is not surprising. But starting off in 1st is a bit odd. It just seems like there's not much 'bite' to the clutch engagement point thus I feel like have have to keep the gas pedal down a good bit to get going. All other shifts at speed seem fine.

I realize there could be MANY factors to this 'feel', but I'm really just here to find out if that 1st gear / clutch engagement is normal in these cars. I just don't have enough experience to tell.

I'll post many more details about the car if I go further with the sale.

thanks!

Jim Clanin
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If you are serious about a 914, there are lots of books that might help you. A "Haynes" manual might be a good place to start. Clutch adjustment and operation is covered along with a lot of other help. This web site is a HUGE source of information as well.
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Hi all,

I'm currently in the market for a 914. I've driven a few '75 2.0 cars (although it's been quite a while) and a '74 1.8 just yesterday.

The '74 is a very well sorted car with a recent engine rebuild and a new clutch (reputable shop).

Engine sounds great and pulls strong (for a 914 1.8. My question is about the clutch feel. The clutch is very light compared to my '87 911 3.2 which is not surprising. But starting off in 1st is a bit odd. It just seems like there's not much 'bite' to the clutch engagement point thus I feel like have have to keep the gas pedal down a good bit to get going. All other shifts at speed seem fine.

I realize there could be MANY factors to this 'feel', but I'm really just here to find out if that 1st gear / clutch engagement is normal in these cars. I just don't have enough experience to tell.

I'll post many more details about the car if I go further with the sale.

thanks!

Jim Clanin

Hi Jim - I understand what you're asking, but not quite sure how to respond. The 914 clutch is definitely lighter than your 3.2 but it shouldn't feel like nothing is there. I would recommend sending Dave at Pelican Parts a PM - he's extremely well versed in 914s and will be able to give you all the info you'll need.
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